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“Hi, my name is Joe and I am an addict.”
This is so hard for me to say, but it is time I admitted it and faced the problem. I am a bookaholic. I have books everywhere. When we travel, I hide them in suitcases in case my Kindle dies.
I cannot walk by a bookstore without looking.
My Kindle is close to capacity with over 3000 books.
My addiction is enabled by the proximity of my thumb to the “buy now” button on my Kindle device.
There is no such thing as a book I won’t read. I read the Book of Mormon. I’ve read Mein Kampf. I’ve read the Iliad and the Odyssey (twice), and Beowulf. The Bible, The Qur’an, Judaic Texts, Nordic Myths. Books about Zoroastrianism, Hinduism, Buddhism. I’ve read L. Frank Baum’s Wizard of Oz (all the books), The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and the Foundation Trilogy. I’ve read almost everything from Stephen Hawkins, Lawrence Krauss, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Michio Kaku, and Brian Greene, even though my understanding of cosmology is basic at best.
I’ve read books by heroes, villains, saints, sinners, old, young, intellectual, moronic, and everything in between.
I am reading all of the books I haven’t read on these idiotic banned book lists. So far, no desire for a dickectomy or, in the event I changed my mind, went ahead with it, then regretted it, an addadicktomy. Not one indication of any improvement to my fashion sense either.
And one book at a time is not enough. I am always reading more than one at the same time. Right now it is “Gideon’s Trumpet (rereading), “The Knowledge Illusion,” and “The Dutch House.” Just last night, before I realized I must admit to the problem, I read a chapter in two books and a chapter and a half in another.
Then, since one book was a nonfiction with references and footnotes, I bought two more books.
I just can’t stop myself. As a kid, in what can only be described as a prelude to this future addiction, I read the Encylopedia from “A to Anno” to “Z to Zyzomys.” Weird doesn’t even come close.
And, as if that is not enough, I reread books all the time. I’ve read Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Universe at least three times, Carlos Castenda’s books twice, and I can’t even number the times I’ve read Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels and a Modest Proposal.
I’ve lost count on those.
Even if I were to read 3 books a week—which I have been known to do and surpass—it would take me 20 years just to finish the ones I already have. But I know there’ll be links to new books by authors I’ve read before and new authors I have yet to discover.
Kindle ads are a Siren’s Song to me. NY Times Best-Seller lists are irresistible.
That 20 years will stretch on forever. Maybe, this is the key to immortality? Just keep reading.
In considering what point in my life, and under what circumstance I might find myself, where I would no longer want extraordinary measures to keep me alive, the ability to read is a major consideration.
So, I am here to say I am a bookaholic. I am uncertain if the last book I will ever read is already on my Kindle or in my bookcase or yet to be written. But this is one addiction I choose to embrace and share with others, given the chance.
Someone once told me everything you want to know can be found in a book, the joy comes from looking for it.
And speaking of which. Here is a link to my books on Amazon. Come on, share this addiction with me.
This is going to be an exciting year for me. Stay tuned for two new books by me coming soon! Title and cover reveal this summer!
And if you ever wonder what to get me for a special occasion, or just because, check my Amazon book wish list. There are hundreds there as well. Don’t consider it enabling, consider it an example of your empathy and humanity.
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